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Ram Naik during 39th convocation ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has proposed to build a statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.

VARANASI: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik said on Tuesday that no decision has been taken so far to build a statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya "But, I believe and you can imagine whoever goes to Ayodhya wishes to see Lord Rama".

The statue will be built after securing permission from the National Green Tribunal.

The government's slideshow put the height of the statute at 100 meters but the Indian Express report also qualified this aspect saying that some officials claimed that the dimensions of the statue hadn't been finalised as yet.

When asked about the statue, Awasthi said that this was a "concept proposal" and the letter to NGT seeking clearance was yet to be sent, according to IE.

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The proposal was presented by Principal Secretary of Tourism, Awinash Awasthi, to Governor Ram Naik, according to the press communique released by Raj Bhavan.

A presentation on the preparations for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, was given by Awasthi.

The "Deeputsav" will be attended by Mr. Adityanath, Mr. Ram Naik, State Tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and several other leaders, apart from pilgrims and tourists.

In the programmes on Deepawali on October 18 there is a Deepotsav programme where around 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at Ram ki Paidi, about 2 km from the disputed site. The riots also helped the BJP gain national prominence. It will be a heritage walk through Ayodhya, a Shobha Yatra to exhibit the arrival of Lord Ram to Ayodhya and a symbolic rajyabhishek that means coronation.

The State government said it had presented the Detailed Project Report of ₹195.89 crore to the Union Tourism Ministry for the integrated tourism development of Ayodhya. Slated to be 190 metres tall, the statue along with a pedestal and foundation would be taller than New York's Statue of Liberty.

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